As part of our effort to promote and encourage sportsmanship in the community, the Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship is presented annually to graduating high school seniors from the St. Louis metro area who embody outstanding sportsmanship. The scholarship recognizes individuals who exemplify honesty, integrity, civility, selflessness, kindness, compassion and class in athletic competition. Candidates are evaluated strictly on their approach, character and respect for others on the playing field. Athletic performance (wins and other stats) does not factor in the selection – making this scholarship truly unique.
Launched in 2009 by the St. Louis Sports Commission Associates – the Sports Commission’s young professionals group – the group raises funds for the program and selects its own recipients. Over the past nine years, $92,500 in academic scholarships have been awarded to 31 college-bound students.
Help us celebrate sportsmanship by nominating a deserving student who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and character in athletic competition. View the bios of past recipients to see the type of attributes and actions the scholarship committee seeks to recognize.Download Application View Previous Recipients
Catherine was the recipient of the top Sportsmanship Scholarship award in 2018. The Francis Howell North soccer and volleyball captain will use her $10,000 award to continue her studies at the University of Kansas. Catherine’s selflessness and class were on full display during a soccer game against rival Fort Zumwalt South. A body check from her opponent caused more damage to herself than Catherine, resulting in a clear scoring opportunity. Rather than take advantage, Catherine stopped her dribble, passing up a chance to score, and went to aid the Zumwalt South player who suffered a significant facial injury.
Kent Stover, Francis Howell North’s volleyball coach said of Catherine, “She exemplifies the ideal of selflessness both on and off the court by treating team members, other students, staff members and all others with consideration and civility no matter their relationship to her.”
Imanté Griffin is an excellent football and baseball player, but an even better role model. Brandon Gregory, Cardinal Ritter’s head football coach, said of his senior captain, “In all my dealings with Imanté, he has shown himself to be a young man of integrity, intelligence, and talent.He has displayed the leadership and work ethic that every coach hopes for from his top players.”
Imanté’s track record of sacrifice and selflessness on the field is one to be both admired and modeled. An opposing player was suffering from muscle cramps and had forgotten his receiving gloves. Not only did Imanté give his opponent a bottle of Gatorade, he gave him his extra pair of gloves, too. Imanté will continue his education at Mid-America Nazarene University.
Pattonville High School’s senior swimming and water polo captain overcomes a tremendous challenge with humility and strength each time she gets in the pool. Madelyn was born without her left arm, but this has not stopped her from giving her best in and out of the pool.
Pattonville Swimming Coach Braswell said of Madelyn, she is a, “humble athlete who continuously displays sportsmanship. She is an excellent advocate and leader for all students and especially students with disabilities.” Madelyn will continue her education at Maryville University.
Lindbergh High senior Connor Kingsland was competing in the state cross country meet when he noticed a fellow competitor struggling to make it to the finish. Without a second thought, Connor grabbed the other runner and they both summoned the strength to cross the finish line together.
Connor’s cross country coach, James Petersen, talked about the impact of his grand gesture. “This was a very proud moment for his parents and me as a coach, having an athlete who is considerate and supportive of others all throughout the season and even in the heat of the highest level of competition.” Connor will continue his education at Western State Colorado University.
For Mary LaBelle, sportsmanship means “acknowledging the other team’s success and talent, respecting the referees and the game, and keeping my attitude classy.” With this perspective in mind, Mary amassed an impressive body of work during her athletic career at St. Joseph’s Academy where she was the captain of the varsity basketball team.
Her reputation is one of helping up a fallen opponent, not being obnoxious during team celebrations, and not arguing with referees over questionable calls. The AD from Villa was astounded by Mary’s attention to detail and doing the right thing. She was the captain that led by example not by words.” Mary will continue her education at Kansas State University.